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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, 04:53 PM
Blonds enter the Sumo ring

Fleshy foreigners crack Japan's sacred sport

TOKYO - Flesh struck flesh with a thunderous smack, and rolls of fat and muscle rippled down the alabaster-skinned frame of the blond sumo Baruto, a rising star in Japan's national sport. Clad only in a traditional loincloth, the sweaty Estonian towered over his stouter Japanese opponents during a morning practice, knocking them to the dirt floor one after the other, like so many oversized bowling pins. "I came to Japan to be a sumo champion," said Baruto, 20, the professional name of Kaido Hoovelson. After only 19 months in Japan, the 6-foot-6, 360-pound Baruto -- which means Baltic in Japanese -- is soaring in the rankings. "I still feel like a foreigner, and I don't understand many of the customs of sumo. But I don't care. I plan on making it to the top anyway."

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Ive actually been to several sumo matches to which Baruto was playing. The main grand stadium is not too far from where I stay when I am in Tokyo.

He's not the first foreigner though. Whats his name, the american from hawaii was a yokozuna (champion) for awhile.